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deploymentherapy:


This is a picture the military has never let anyone see until now. This is a picture behind the scenes at Dover Air Force Base where the bodies of fallen soldiers are prepared for burial. And that includes being properly dressed, all the way down to the smallest detail. In this picture Staff Sgt. Miguel Deynes is making sure the uniform is just right for an army pilot recently killed in Afghanistan. There is a very specific process once a fallen soldier is returned home. The bodies are flown back to the U.S. on a cargo jet. A team of service members wearing white gloves carries the coffins, covered with flags, to a white van that takes them to the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The remains are washed, the hands are scrubbed clean, and the hair is shampooed. If necessary bones are wired together and damaged tissue is reconstructed with flesh-toned wax. Sometimes they will use photos, sometimes just intuition to recreate the wrinkles in faces, and the lines around the mouth or the corner of the eyes. “It has to look normal, like someone who is sleeping.” Once the body is ready then the uniform is prepared. That includes putting medals in the proper order on the ribbon rack above the jacket’s breast pocket. During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 10 to 20 bodies were arriving every day. The embalmers often worked all night to get the bodies home on time. That can take an emotional toll so the mortuary has a large gym so workers can blow off steam. Many say they are haunted by how young the fallen soldiers are, and by how many of them leave behind small children. That’s why Sgt. Deynes says they are advised not to do research into the backgrounds of the soldiers. “If I knew the story of every individual who went through here, I would probably be in a padded cell.” The dress uniform being prepared in this particular case will be in a closed casket. Even so, it will be perfectly tailored, starched and pressed. Everything will be checked down to the last detail. Sgt. Deynes says, “They’re (the family) not going to see it. I do it for myself. It’s more than an honor it’s a blessing to dress that soldier for the last time.” This story was reported by James Dao of the New York Times. The picture is by Ashley Gilbertson.
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vampirevvekend:

my #1 talent is saying stupid things to people and immediately regretting it

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“You cant help everybody, because the only person in the world who can help them is himself or herself. All you can do is stay by their side and support them.”

-Patrick Sundstrom

-http://hola-its-patrick.tumblr.com/ (via psych-facts)

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jakemalik:

being the last person still laughing too much at a joke is a very big problem in my life

(Source: hi, via may29th2012)

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  1. Internships are the building blocks of your résumé. Apply to them. Meet people.
  2. Choose a degree that is relevant to the real world. Minor in History if you love it so much.
  3. Everyone knows how to use Microsoft Office. Putting it under the “Skills” section of your résumé is not impressive.
  4. See the world. This is the only time you have in your life to spend months in a foreign country. Take advantage of your lack of responsibility to travel.
  5. 99.9% of employers will never look at your transcript. A 4.0 GPA will not land you a job. Good interpersonal skills might.
  6. No employer cares whether you were on the executive board of your fraternity or sorority or other campus organization. Serve the organization because you love it, not simply to use it as space-filler on your résumé.
  7. Proofread everything. Twice. Or else no one will believe that you’re “detial-oriented.”
  8. You have four (or five) years to make something of yourself. Use that time wisely.
  9. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday night despite having a test on Wednesday. The test won’t matter in ten years, but your friendships will.
  10. Do not expect the college senior to fall in love with you after you sleep together. Actually, just don’t sleep together. This will not end well.
  11. Really get to know your professors. Use office hours to your advantage. You never know what doors they can open for you.
  12. Graduate school is rarely a good idea, especially if you’re only using it to delay the real world for a few years. The more money you make now, the less debt you’ll have later.
  13. Realize that you will be in debt until you’re forty. Make peace with this early.
  14. One bad grade won’t ruin your life. Get over yourself.
  15. Beware of credit cards. No matter what they say, money isn’t free.
  16. Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you might need help from someone.
  17. Eat good food. Nothing will make you feel worse than six straight nights of Ramen.
  18. Buy a plunger before you actually need said plunger. Just trust me on this one.
  19. Press save. It will keep you from having that 4:00am mental breakdown.
  20. All-nighters will not help you learn the material. Budget time throughout the day to study so that you can actually sleep before the final exam.
  21. Use a condom. No one wants that “I’m late” text.
  22. Work during the summers. Employers want someone with real-life experience.
  23. Call your mom once a week. She wants to stay involved in your life, and a twenty-minute phone conversation won’t kill you.
  24. You have four years to learn your alcohol limit. This will save you from puking at the office Christmas party.
  25. The college cafeteria will make you fat. So will alcohol. Be careful about what you’re putting into your body.
  26. Find a few hours each week to work out. Cardio is great stress relief.
  27. So is sex. Booty calls are sometimes necessary. Don’t beat yourself up for it in the morning.
  28. Learn to cook. Eating out is expensive and unhealthy. A few basics can last you a long time.
  29. Take pictures. Not everything has to be posted to Instagram, but you will want to have these memories documented.
  30. Volunteer. Not because you have to, but because you want to. The Humane Society always needs people to play with the animals.
  31. Learn how to budget. Your parents won’t be around to give you money forever.
  32. Buy shower shoes. Use them. Save yourself from foot fungus.
  33. Beer is expensive. Buy vodka.
  34. Interviews are nerve-wracking. Practice with a friend before you go.
  35. Find good references. They can be the difference between being offered your dream job and being turned down.
  36. It’s okay to turn down your first job offer to wait for a better one. Have faith in yourself.
  37. If you’re treated like a slave at your internship, it’s okay to leave. Find a company that sees your worth.
  38. Learn how to code HTML. This is an invaluable skill.
  39. Also learn Photoshop. Every company in the world needs someone who can design a poster.
  40. Take a couple classes just for fun. There’s a difference between smart and educated.
  41. Know your priorities. Stick to them.
  42. Start searching for a job a year before you graduate. It takes time to find something you want.
  43. Apply for jobs you may not be completely qualified for. You may be the only applicant.
  44. Don’t get too discouraged when you fail at something. Lay in bed for two days. Cry. Then get back up and start living again.
  45. Everyone has something to teach you. Listen to them.
  46. Make mistakes, but be sure to learn from them.
  47. Textbooks are expensive and you will never need them again. Rent, don’t buy.
  48. No one will ever care how wasted you were last night. They saw it first hand. Shut up.
  49. No one is responsible for you except you. Think twice before you do something.
  50. Don’t think that these have to be the best four years of your life. Life after graduation is pretty awesome too.
-50 Things I Wish I Knew in College (via greetingsfromplanetkatya)

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inthemindofjulianklein:

Best advice I’ve ever received from a movie.
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tumblropenarts:

caitlin burns
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pokemonpalooza:

Artist: てとり
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hazelandglasz:

ohaidivz:

maskedlink:

HE IS ASKED TO COME CLOSE AND SNUGGLE AND HE IS SO HAPPY TO

i die a little each time this is way too cute ok

if i don’t reblog that gif consider that i’m in danger
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craughed:

i’m jealous of people who have cute laughs and fast metabolisms and nice teeth and good hair and can just make any outfit look good and  get along with everyone and are great at sports and do well in school bc none of that is me

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madeline02:

I want it
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pornstarwars:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I’d give up my wifi,

To spend time with you

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